Welcome to Florence Inferno, your one-stop shop for information on events happening in Florence, with an events guide providing information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other things occuring in the city.
This week we make special mention of Festa della Rificolona, or the Paper Lantern Festival, on September 7, one of the Florentines’ favourite nights of the year! According to Christian tradition, the Virgin Mary was born on September 8. It was once a popular tradition, with hundreds of farmers from the countryside flocking to the city to celebrate it. They used to carry lanterns to make the “pilgrimage” at night and arrive in the city in the early hours of the morning.
Even today, on September 7, the tradition is still respected, and the streets come alive with colored lights, creating a magical atmosphere.
We also make special mention of Music Markets, a festival that stages musical performances, all free to attend, at the historic markets of Florence, namely, Loggia del Porcellino, Loggia di Piazza dei Ciompi, San Lorenzo, and Sant’Ambrogio Markets. On Saturday, September 5, at Loggia di Piazza De’ Ciompi, Le Vie en Rose, and on Saturday, September 12, at Sant’Ambrogio Market, The Voice, a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Starting at 9.30 p.m.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Carlo Dolci at Galleria Palatina. The most important Florentine painter of the seventeenth century worked mainly for the Medici, realizing real painting masterpieces, and is much admired by connoisseurs of art. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday.
Info: Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1; www.unannoadarte.it
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation (USA, 130′) by Christopher McQuarrie, with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin. Ethan and the team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Original language. Showing at 4.30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Da Vinci Alive at Santo Stefano al Ponte, an exceptional multisensory exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces. It explores Leonardo’s discoveries as an architect, philosopher, sculptor, scientist, artist, and engineer. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Until November 2, 2015. Ticket price: € 12.
Info: Santo Stefano al Ponte, Piazza Santo Stefano, 5; http://www.davincialive.it/location/
Music Markets at Loggia di Piazza De’ Ciompi. The historic Florentine markets work overtime and open their doors after sunset to music and shows, as an original alternative to nightlife. On Saturday, September 5, Le Vie en Rose. Starting at 9 p.m. Free admission.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Last day to visit: Dreams and Glory at Stibbert Museum, a tribute to Frederick Stibbert and his incredible armory collection, shedding light on his vision as a collector. Until September 6. Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Closed on Thursday. Ticket price: € 8/6.
Info: Via Federigo Stibbert 26; www.museostibbert.it
Sunset on the Tower of San Niccolò. There was a time when the San Niccolò tower was used to defend this district from that of the Arno. Today, it offers an incredible view of Florence, particularly through an original tour to understanding its history and purpose with a spectacular view of the city at sunset from the top. Tours are offered every day at half-hour intervals between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 4.
Info: +390552768224; firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 7, 2015
Festa della Rificolona (Paper lantern Festival) – Free procession from Piazza Santa Felicita to Piazza SS. Annunziata, passing through Piazza della Signoria. The festival takes place every year on the evening of September 7th, the eve of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. It is a popular tradition whereby long ago, farmers from surrounding areas would make the long trek into the city to sell their goods. Rificolona is in fact the Italian term for a woman with a poor sense of style and is the origin of the name of the festival. Farmers would come with lanterns and candles, protected by a cloth frame, which remains a symbol of the Festa della Rificolona. Starting at 8 p.m.
Info: Piazza Santa Felicita; Piazza SS. Annunziata; Piazza della Signoria
Summer Sunset at Easy Living, the beach on the banks of the Arno River. For the occasion of the Festa della Rificolona, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., you will attend a show with one hundred floating lanterns on the Arno.
Info: Lungarno Cellini
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. A full-day walking tour of Florence inspired by Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno. Enter some of the most amazing, mysterious, and famous places in Florence. The tour starts at 9.15 a.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
O Flos colende. Sacred Music in the Cathedral at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Celebration of the Nativity of Virgin Mary. A special concert for the holiday, featuring the “Music of Dante’s Comedy” in recognition of the 750th anniversary of his birth. Starting at 9 p.m.
Info: Via della Canonica 1; +390552302885
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Set in the afternoon to avoid the crowds, it is a fascinating walking tour of the two most famous museums in Florence: the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery. An experienced guide fluent in the English language will ensure that you experience the best that each gallery has to offer by providing an historical and artistic path among each of its astonishing masterpieces. Starting at 2 p.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Partisan (USA, 98′) – by Ariel Kleiman, with Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel. Alexander, raised to see the world through Gregori’s eyes, is starting to think for himself. Original language. Starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Dalì meets Dante at Galleria Delle Carrozze in Palazzo Medici Riccardi, an exhibition on the Divine Comedy as illustrated by Dalí. Dalí illustrates Dante’s allegorical journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, re-interpreting it from a psychoanalytical point of view. Until September 27, 2015. Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Ticket price: € 8.
Info: Via Camillo Cavour, 5; http://www.thedaliuniverse.com/
The Artecultura Garden (Garden of art and culture) at Giardino dell’Orticoltura (Horticultural Garden). The Horticultural Garden is a green space located in the heart of Florence. On Thursday, September 10, Kid-Nap Quartet in concert.
Info: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4; www.giardinoartecultura.it
Friday, September 11, 2015
Magnificent – The Incredible Story of the Beauty that transformed the World at Sala d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio, a multimedia exhibition by Felice Limosani that highlights Florence’s most famous attractions, paintings, and sculptures. The work is accompanied by audio, with maestro Andrea Bocelli as narrator. Until October 31, 2015. Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. until 7p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Ticket price: € 8/5.
Info: Sala D’Arme, Piazza della Signoria; www.magnificentfirenze.it
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Ricky and the Flash (USA, 98′) – by Jonathan Demme with Meryl Streep. A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home looking to make things right with her family. Original language. Starting at 4.45 p.m., 6.45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Pitti Fragranze at Stazione Leopolda. The most exclusive international fair/event, with high-quality craft fragrances, body-care and wellness products, cosmetics, and sophisticated scented accessories by over 200 of the most qualified brands in the world. Graphics and videos will accompany visitors along the itinerary. Starting on Friday, September 11. Opening to the public on Saturday, September 12. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Ticket price: € 10.
Music Markets at Sant’Ambrogio Market. The historic Florentine markets work overtime and open their doors after sunset to music and shows, as an original alternative to nightlife. On Saturday, September 12, The Voice, tribute to Frank Sinatra. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Free admission.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
[Outside Florence] Chianti Classico Expo at Greve in Chianti (Florence). At the Chianti Classico wine festival you can find sample wine from a number of Tuscan wineries, each offering all of the wines that they produce. The wine tasting takes place in the main square of the town, Piazza Matteotti. You have to buy the wine glass with its holder to start tasting the wines. From Thursday, September 10 untill Sunday, September 13. Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Holi Dance Festival at Cascine Park. Thousands of people dressed in white come together to share in music, dance, performance art, and visual stimulation.The festival is inspired by the original Indian Holi fest, but is about promoting the ideas of togetherness and the colour of everyday life during a day of fun and exhilaration. From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Ticket price: € 15.
Info: Cascine Park
Light lunch at Obikà. Located in the historic Palazzo Tornabuoni, this is the only mozzarella bar in the city. The mozzerella brunch occurs every Sunday starting at noon. Takeout is also available.
Info: Via de’ Tornabuoni 16; +390552773526; www.obika.it
Monday, September 14, 2015
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Discover Florence with your camera and with a professional photography teacher and a great Florentine guide at your side. Photography workshop & tour: 1-hour class + lunch break + 4-hour photography tour. The tour runs every day. Starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren at Aria Art Gallery. An extraordinarily moving, intimate, and inspiring exhibition detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy. Realistic oil paintings and Chinese watercolours from mostly Chinese artists. Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, 10.30 a.m./1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m./7.30 p.m.
Info: Borgo SS Apostoli; http://www.ariaartgallery.com/
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. A sunset trip from Florence to Fiesole, a small village situated in the hills of Tuscany. It is from this settlement that the City of Florence seems to have originated. Enjoy scenic routes, see breathtaking panoramas, visit Fiesole’s Abbey and Roman Amphitheatre, and taste delicious local wine and food. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Human by Antony Gormley at Forte Belvedere. On the battlements of Forte Belvedere, 100 human figures by Sir Antony Gormley will be displayed, a great contemporary master considered among the most popular living sculptors. Until September 27, 2015. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Closed on Monday. Free admission.
Info: Via San Leonardo 1; +390552768224; www.gormleyfirenze.it
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522) at Uffizi Gallery. First exhibition dedicated to an eccentric genius of the Florentine Renaissance, a painter almost unknown despite the appreciation shown him by critics and his many masterpieces located in museums and collections around the world. Hours of operation: from 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 12.50/8.
Info: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 1; www.unannoadarte.it
Light lunch and aperitif at Zoe in San Niccolò. In the heart of the city Movida, Zoe offers a great “apericena” buffet and a multitude of salads. Aperitif starts at 6 pm., until 10 p.m.
Info: Via dei Renai 15; +39 55243111; www.zoebar.it
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The House in the Sun at Museum of Palazzo Davanzati. An exhibition dedicated to objects for daily use between the XVI and XXI centuries, aimed to highlight popular Italian ceramic art. Hours of operation: from 8.15 a.m. until 13.50 p.m.
Info: Via di Porta Rossa 9; https://www.polomuseale.firenze.it
The Force of Myth at Casa Buonarroti. Plans for the facade of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, from Michelangelo to the Competition 1900. Until October 30, 2015. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket price: € 6.50
Info: Via Ghibellina 70; +39055241752